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Boys basketball region quarterfinal matchups today at 7 p.m.

By KELLIE DIXON
Published February 15, 2007


4A: St. Augustine at Lecanto

About St. Augustine (18-8): Making their first playoff appearance since 1999, the Yellow Jackets prefer to play in transition and are led by 6-foot-3 players - F Rashard Hall (6.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 apg), C Carlton Lewis (13.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and G Kawaun Jakes (13 ppg). Keep an eye on G Lorenzo Sparrow (8.0 ppg, 2.3 apg and 2.5 spg). St. Augustine is 10-1 in road games this season.

About Lecanto (23-3): The Panthers are sticking to their motto - "Earn it." Lecanto defended its district title at home last week, led by G Bryan Hamer (12.2 ppg), F Jared Brantley (11.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Victor Cortes (9.7 ppg). Lecanto prefers an up-tempo style, shoots 66 percent from the line (even better, it seems, in clutch situations) and is 15-2 on its home court.

A: Orangewood Christian vs. Seven Rivers at Crystal River

About Orangewood Christian (18-8): The Rams' roster averages 6-foot-2 and is led by Ryan Stephens (18.7 ppg), Austin Riddick (18 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Austen George (5.5 ppg). The Rams average 65 points a game and can dominate inside, but struggle some at the line (59 percent).

About Seven Rivers (20-7): The Warriors have relied on their defense, holding teams to 38 points or fewer. That's helped alleviate some poor shooting from the floor. The Warriors average 48 points a game and shoot 65 percent from the line. They are led by G Justin Richardson (19.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg), F Derek Labahn (8.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Travis Hamilton (7.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg).